A 71-year-old woman was killed after a pickup truck struck her as she was walking in a marked crosswalk at a Santa Ana intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Lacy Street the evening of June 17 as she was crossing the street. The woman was leaving a mass at church when a southbound pick up hit her. She died from her injuries shortly afterward.
The Register talked to several neighbors who said that intersection is extremely dangerous because drivers simply don’t respect the crosswalk and drive through at a high rate of speed. Santa Ana police are investigating the incident and it appears that the driver of the pickup failed to yield the right of way to the pedestrian and could face charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving without a valid license. Speed or alcohol does not appear to be factors in this crash, officials said. Friends and neighbors are also pleading for safety measures at the intersection.
California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) requires all drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. The law states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section of the law also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care” and drive at a safe speed, taking all possible steps necessary to safeguard the pedestrian’s safety.
When a pedestrian is struck and killed due to carelessness, their family may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
There are a number of steps drivers can take in order to avoid pedestrian accidents. A majority of pedestrian accidents, such as this most recent one in Santa Ana, do occur as a result of driver negligence. Here are a few valuable tips for drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced pedestrian lawyer in Orange County who will be able to stay on top of the official investigation and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.